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15 Questions To Ask When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

15 Questions To Ask When You're Feeling Overwhelmed | BeckyLMcCoy.com

I ran to my room, flopped down on the bed and screamed into my pillow. I don’t even remember what triggered it, but in that moment, I knew I was overwhelmed to my breaking point and almost past the point of no return. I needed a majors intervention or I was going to fall face…

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What You Need to Know About Burnout From a Single Parent

When I was in graduate school, I remember constantly hearing the burnout statistics for teachers. I don’t remember what they were then, but they weren’t good. Most people entering the profession weren’t staying longer than three years. I was determined to do better. And then I found myself resigning after two years; teaching for a…

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For When Grief Hits You From Out of Nowhere

It’s been almost four years since my husband died. I’m mostly doing great. I still get sad sometimes. Other times I’m disappointed or angry that this is my real life. But, on the whole, life is good. We’ve found new routines and ways of doing things. We feel settled. I skirt the edge of grieving,…

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The Worst Part of Being a Single Mom is the Exhaustion

Being a single mom never gets easier. I’ve got my ways of coping – preschool and playdates help this introverted mama recharge and stay on top of the to do list – but there isn’t much wiggle room for when the schedule gets turned upside down. Last week, there was a snow day. I knew…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/28/16]

It was a terrible day. The kind of day that wants to make you avoid days and people and responsibilities for a month or forever. I didn’t feel well. The grief was overwhelming. The kids were not compliant and whining is my nemesis. I let a few friends know that I was struggling and one…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/30/16]

On each of his birthdays, I’ve taped streamers over his door. It’s so fun to start his special day with such joy and delight. These are the moments I hope to remember. Birthdays are the hardest grief days for me, but I want to remember their childhood with visions of all these wonderful moments of…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/16/16]

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31 Days of Real Life [10/9/16]

Before I get serious, can we just talk about my love of LuLaRoe? I seriously wear at least one piece a day. I’ve always required my wardrobe to consist of clothes that are soft and comfortable but look nice and put together. LuLaRoe hits the nail on the head. So today I wore my LLR leggings…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/6/16]

On Thursdays, I’m off duty. An incredible young woman comes and plays with my kids and feeds them. The kids love Thursday nights with Katie. I love them, too. Sometimes I go do something. Often, I get takeout and hide in my office, watching movies, writing, or avoiding all general adult responsibilities. I’m feeling a…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/3/16]

We went apple picking with friends today after preschool drop off. Just the moms and the little kids. I didn’t want to go at first. I’m tired. The house needs cleaning. There are a million things I should be doing other than dragging a toddler through an orchard. I was afraid she would be eating…

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